Finite Element Analysis of Concrete Armor Units Subject to Wave Impact

by Joseph W. Tedesco, Auburn Univ, Auburn, AL, USA,
William G. McDougal, Auburn Univ, Auburn, AL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation

Abstract: Concrete armor units are commonly employed for the protection of shorelines and rubble structures. Their design is primarily based on hydrodynamic stability. However, their structural response to wave loading is poorly understood. In this study, a simple model is presented to estimate impact loads due to wave slamming on the concrete armor unit, dolos. A nonlinear dynamic analysis indicates that the units will experience a structural failure at hydrodynamically stable wave conditions.

Subject Headings: Dynamic structural analysis | Finite element method | Concrete | Armor units | Concrete structures | Structural design | Structural response

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